Thursday, 6 February 2014

Night Photo Reflections

Last night I went to a Meetup night photo shoot at Darling Harbour, Sydney. My previous efforts at night photography were a bit hit and miss and I wanted to know more about photographing at night rather than at dusk, including how to get water reflection shots. BTW Meetup is an internet site where you can find interest groups on just about anything and I was delighted to find a few photography based groups among the list.

This was a tutorial as well as a meetup and the tutor, Richie Lwin was very good. We had an hour of tutorial then an hour of practice, with his help. So not only were we in this beautiful place taking photographs, there were fireworks! Darling Harbour is fabulous at night regardless but they are holding a Month of Love festival, and also two weeks of events to celebrate Chinese new year.

Here are links to the sydney Photography Meetup Group and Darling Harbour Month of Love page. Scroll down for more fireworks dates, if you are a Sydney sider!
The meetup group was so much fun that I will probably go to some of Richie or Brent's other tutorial sessions in the future.

Who knew that setting your white balance for tungsten works really well on neon lights? Not me but I do now...



The purple things in the water are the neon lights on little row boats that couples can hire.



Fireworks, taken from the footbridge.


There were ten of us in the group with our cameras and tripods and for some reason wherever we went we seemed to draw a crowd.

It was a good night.  Linking to Weekend Reflections

15 comments:

  1. I especially love the first photo - I do not have anything so sophisticated on my point and shoot as white light for tungsten, but it is very effective on yours.

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  2. You seemed to have spent the night well. Night photography can be very interesting - only I'm usually much too lazy to lug around a tripod :.-)

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  3. Lovely photos, Nice to see all the small details!
    Great reflections!

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  4. I know what you mean with drawing a crowd - I've learned how to set up my easel in a way inconvenient for passersby - and they still come traipsing through prickly plants!

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  5. The fireworks photograph is especially good

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  6.   Yes, really beautiful reflections at night, magical, beautiful pictures!

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  7. I love the fireworks photo... It must be fabulous in nature...

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  8. wow, that is beautiful night shots serie... Thanks this sparkling sharing !

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  9. always fun to try new settings. :)

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  10. Thank you for the comments everybody, they are very much appreciated. I will be taking what I learnt and running with it.

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  11. Meetup sounds like a good idea. I must check up to see if there are any in Brissy. The photos look good.

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  12. Sounds like fun and you came away with some nice shots! I should probably find a meet-up because I have plenty to learn.

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  13. What a great idea, joining a "meetop group". Great shots also!

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